Remarks on the first chapter ‘Evolution’ from ‘The Seat of the Soul’ by Gary Zukav

We have been taught that evolution is a progressive development of ‘organizational complexity.’ Evolution is still being defined. The deeper understanding of evolution tells us that a truly evolved person is one that finds value in others more than he or she values the self. Values of love then too seem much more important than our physical world and what is in it. By reflecting upon our evolution and attempting to understand it we can reveal our deepest truths? We can see what we are becoming, what it means to enter into this new aspect of ourselves, and what it means in what we experience and how we act about what we value in one another. So then, how can we shape this?

When we are active in life with appreciation for what we are doing we become alive with great purpose and meaning. If we take this element away, we are left with an unstable foundation that resembles behaviors that are cruel, embittered, and irrational forms of violence and loneliness. These are areas that love cannot be seen in, covered away by bleak aspects of pain and suffering.  This is how we begin to discover what nourishes our souls and what defeats and depletes them.

If we have only our five senses to perceive the physical world the basis of our lives, as Zukav explains, becomes fear laden. A power to control our environments becomes essential. Within this fortress of limited understanding and feeling we enter into what evolves into child-like squabbling seeking power over one another and manipulating each other. A badge, boots, your title or rank, a uniform or weapons are all symbolic to fear. Those who hide behind such symbols encourage fear within their souls. This could be an ideal example of how we relate to the world as a limited few have complete control over what happens financially while the majority of us serve as victims of poverty. Money, fame, and social status create the unnecessary need to establish ourselves of being worthy while demonstrating what our greatest fears have and will become with vulnerability. What we truly fear is the loss of this entitlement to our own vulnerabilities. But is there any reason to fear being vulnerable to love?

Zukav states, “There is no difference between acute schizophrenia and a world at war. There is no difference between the agony of a splintered soul and the agony of a splintered nation.” Engaging in control over one another is nurturing our personal fears. If we align our thoughts and our emotional actions with the greatest good within ourselves with pure intent we will find ourselves filled with a beautiful purpose and meaning. This then becomes the evolution of our love for one another and the water our souls need in order to grow together. To love one another freely, if you will, is to do so without fear of judgment from each other or cause for accusation and demeaning laughter.

What Zukav is suggesting is that our five senses can form an overall system that can perceive a physical reality together in which not to abandon but embrace love for one another without our limited perceptions for what that means. This idea was planted and blossomed in us through our mentors and our great teachers that have been in accordance with the appreciation for deeper values and have spoken of love to us in their actions. These are actions that we did not have to question. These are individuals that we trust. These are actions we can feel and hold in a tangible sort of way. So is this the realm of existence that would allow us to learn and love from each other?

When we begin to ask questions like, “Is there a God?” “Does Divine Intelligence exist?” we open the door to become the best versions of ourselves that we can by believing in a possibility. To believe in possibility is to accept that we can forgive, that there is more to this existence than our five sensory perceptions and to expand upon a reference in time that will allow answers to our questions to move forth and flow freely.

Our personalities are capable of creating fearful and violent emotions. Hatred, sorrow, shame, vengeance and loneliness all play a role in how we dictate our love and acceptance for one another. If we engage bigger questions about what we are and what we will become, we then give way to perceptions of love, compassion and wisdom guided by a higher greatness of being within ourselves. By acknowledging our souls we infuse this light and a life filled of charisma. What would you call this new sensory of being? How will we guide one another towards love together?

The Terry Tree

Painting | Alison Silva | Love Thy Neighbors


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